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CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2015 winners announced

The winners of the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards were announced in Melbourne on 21 August, marking the official launch of Children’s Book Week.

The winners and honour books in each of the categories are:

Older Readers


  • The Protected (Claire Zorn, UQP)


Honour books

  • Nona & Me (Clare Atkins, Black Inc.)
  • The Minnow (Diana Sweeney, Text)


Younger Readers


  • The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and The Present (Libby Gleeson, illus by Freya Blackwood, A&U) 


Honour books  

  • Two Wolves (Tristan Bancks, Random House)
  • Withering-by-Sea: A Stella Montgomery Intrigue (Judith Rossell, ABC Books)   


Early Childhood


  • Go to Sleep, Jessie! (Libby Gleeson, illus by Freya Blackwood, Little Hare)


Honour books  

  • Scary Night (Lesley Gibbes, illus by Stephen Michael King, Working Title Press)
  • Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach (Alison Lester, A&U)


Picture Book of the Year


  • My Two Blankets (Irena Kobald, illus by Freya Blackwood, Little Hare)


Honour books

  • One Minute’s Silence (David Metzenthen, illus by Michael Camilleri, A&U)
  • The Stone Lion (Margaret Wild, illus by Ritva Voutila, Little Hare)


Eve Pownall Award for Information Books


  • A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land (Simon Barnard, Text)


Honour books

  • Tea and Sugar Christmas (Jane Jolly, Illus by Robert Ingpen, NLA)
  • Audacity: Stories of Heroic Australians in Wartime (Carlie Walker, Department of Veterans’ Affairs).


 Crichton Award for New Illustrators

  • One Minute’s Silence (Michael Camilleri, text by David Metzenthen, A&U)


To see the shortlisted titles, click here. The CBCA has placed reviews of the shortlisted titles on its Reading Time website here.

This year’s Children’s Book Week runs from 22 to 28 August with the theme ‘Books light up our world’. For more information about the CBCA Awards and Children’s Book Week, visit the CBCA website here.


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